The story focuses on Daisy, an elderly Jewish woman, who has a car accident. Her son decides she needs to get off the road and hires her a driver, an African-American man named Hoke. We watch their somewhat unlikely friendship evolve against the backdrop of racial turmoil of mid-20th-century Atlanta, as the two find common ground.
Houston's Stages Repertory Theatre is performing Driving Miss Daisy through Sept. 13. Houston Public Media's St. John Flynn talked with director Kenn McLaughlin and actor Sally Edmunson about the play, which McLaughlin says portrays society's struggles with racism – struggles still relevant today – but also something much simpler.